explores the improvements made to UI and covers the many
useful shortcuts available in Photoshop for improving the
efficiency of your image processing and editing. He then
covers the process of configuring Photoshop and your workspace
up to and including lighting, using neutral colors in your
studio, calibrating your equipment and refining your preferences.
As with his earlier volumes he describes all shortcuts
by using both MAC and Windows conventions.
the author covers some of the basic capabilities in Chapter
4, this book only half-heartedly talks to the novice
and in my mind that's not a bad thing. There are many
other books out there which the novice can use to learn
Photoshop. I don't want to come off as a Photoshop snob,
but I'm personally and professionally past the 'Learn
in 24 Hours' and 'Dummies' books. I simply need far more
advanced information and no longer have use for the novice
level and many intermediate level publications. Nonetheless,
some novices can make use of the information in Chapter
4 which spends a lot of time covering the use of curves,
histograms and levels. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
next sections deal extensively with color correction
and repairing images. I managed to pick up a few tips
here, but much of it was familiar. What I did like was
the chapter referring to Layer blending modes and the
pictorial representation of how each mode affects one
image layer over another. It was a very clear lesson
in the use and application of this feature. The montage
techniques explored here were directly relevant and useful.
chapter on Darkroom techniques is without a doubt going
to be of interest to any photographer, digital or otherwise.
The coverage of effect emulations like black & white,
toning, infrared, cross processing and channel mixing
techniques have proven popular in the past and continue
to impress with this edition as well. In a related set
of subjects, the following chapter does a good job of
covering Photoshop filters, plug-ins and the effects
you can produce with them.
capture technologies and the issues relating to dealing
with them are covered fairly extensively and the information
is nicely support by a chapter covering the concept of
resolution, resampling and interpolation. These topics
are covered only briefly, but enough information is imparted
to make them worth reading. Intermediate imageers will
glean some useful information.
does a very good job of covering color management, profiling,
gamut and color spaces. At the same time, he introduces
the concepts of profile conversions, rendering intents
and color spaces. It's the only part of the book that
initially feels a bit confused because he mentions some
of these earlier in the book and then revisits them.
On the other hand, the idea of refreshing and reinforcing
with additional information is one which sits well with
of output technologies is divided into sensible topics
including inks, processes, building printer profiles
and proofing techniques. The pros and cons of each method
are explored closely, with care and attention paid to
the practical usage of each system. Evening also explores
the multitude of file formats that are available, again
covering the pros and cons. The topic of output is continued
in the next chapter which covers output for the Web with
attention given to technical and aesthetic issues as
well as coverage of ImageReady and Photoshop’s
revisits image management in the form of Adobe Bridge,
which has become a central part of Adobe's asset and
file management strategy for now. In the future, Bridge
promises to be a very interesting companion product to
all of Adobe's Creative Suite products and its coverage
here is not without merit.
repetition. Some of the topics (resolution, resampling
and interpolation) could have been more thoroughly covered.
book is printed on a high quality, heavy stock. Good
case studies and supporting information. Excellent examples.
Excellent content on CD. Well written. I thoroughly enjoyed
this excellent volume. Evening covers and lot of ground
and I want more from this expert and author. I'm thoroughly
impressed by both Martin Evening's work and the quality
of Focal Press publications. Highly recommended for anyone
interested in real-world imaging processes and techniques.